2014 pre-conference mix and mingle

It’s that time again!

Last year, I loved doing this pre-conference mix and mingle. It definitely helped me learn new faces and get to know people my first year at conference 🙂 Assuming all technology goes according to plan, there should be a little link-up at the bottom of this post with links to different people going to conference and their own get-to-know-you questions.

Here’s what to do:

– Copy/paste and fill out your own answers (you don’t have to answer all of them!) in a post on your own website and paste the URL to that post (not your home page) using this handy link-up tool. Just click on the blue button below that says “Add your link”. If you don’t have a website, feel free to answer the questions in the comments below!

– Make sure to link back to this post after you fill out your answers so any of your readers who are conference attendees can participate, too! The more, the merrier.

– Click through the links below to get to know other conference attendees before St. Louis!

Here are the questions and my answers!

Name: Laurie Tomlinson

Location: Tulsa, OK

What you write/tagline/trademark: Contemporary Romance / “Stories of grace in the beautiful mess”

Place in the book world: Pre-published author represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary. Currently working on my third manuscript while the first two are out on submission!

On a scale of hugger to 10-foot-pole, please rate your personal space: All the hugs.

The unique talking point that will get you going for hours: Books, good food, and college football!

Loved ones at home you’ll be missing: My husband, three-year-old daughter, and yellow Lab!

Conference goals we can pray for? That my books will find their perfect publishing home and definitely for peace during pitches!

Anything we can celebrate with you? I’m a finalist in the Romance category of the Genesis contest.

One or two ways we can help you build your platform? Yes! You can like my author page on Facebook and sign up for my brand new email list by clicking here! (I will NOT share your email with anyone and will only send an email with the very most important news.)

Link-up

That’s it!

Be sure to check out who’s going to conference as (hopefully) the links start showing up!

If not, now you know a little more about me 🙂

37 Comments

  1. Carol Moncado September 3, 2014

    YAY! I loved doing this last year and I’m so glad to be doing it again this year! ‘Tis how we met, and I would be sad if we hadn’t [actually, I probably wouldn’t be because I wouldn’t know what I’m missing but whatevz ;)].

    Heart you, girlie! Can’t wait to see you!

    Reply
    • Laurie September 4, 2014

      I’m sure you also can’t wait to be reunited with your phone charger… <3

      Reply
  2. Krista Phillips September 3, 2014

    FUN!!! I added mine but technically it goes live in about 4 hours-ish in the morning… 🙂 I can’t WAIT to meet you in person, Laurie!!!!!

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    • Laurie September 4, 2014

      Is it weird that it *feels* like we’ve met in person? 🙂

      Reply
  3. Becky Wade September 3, 2014

    Thanks for organizing this, Laurie! What a great idea. I’m looking forward to mixing and mingling virtually and in person with everyone.

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    • Laurie September 4, 2014

      Me toooo! I can’t believe it’s almost here!

      Reply
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  6. Becky Dean September 5, 2014

    I don’t have a blog, just a static website, so I’ll answer here!

    Name: Becky Dean

    Location: Austin, TX

    What you write/tagline/trademark: Young adult fiction, still settling on the exact genre! “Journeys of faith and imagination”

    Place in the book world: Pre-published. I won the Genesis Contest last year, and have had several requests from agents for full manuscripts, but no offers yet.

    On a scale of hugger to 10-foot-pole, please rate your personal space: Maybe six-foot pole? I’m not a hugger, but if I know someone else is, I’ll let them hug me. Briefly. If I know them well. 🙂

    The unique talking point that will get you going for hours: Football for me too! Travel or missions. And sci-fi/fantasy books, movies, and TV.

    Loved ones at home you’ll be missing: My husband

    Conference goals we can pray for? I would love to find an agent! I’m waiting for the right one, in God’s timing. I’m also hoping to find a new critique partner/beta reader/editor or something. I have a critique group, but feel it might be time for a change or at least an addition.

    One or two ways we can help you build your platform? I’m trying to build my Twitter following: https://twitter.com/beckydean821

    Reply
    • Laurie Tomlinson September 6, 2014

      I remember you from the Genesis last year and instantly liking you because of the well-placed quotes in your speech! 🙂 Glad we’re following each other on Twitter now! I’ll be praying for the right connections with agents and critique partners at conference. I met one of mine there last year 🙂

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      • Becky Dean September 6, 2014

        Aw thanks, Laurie! I’ll be cheering for to win Genesis again this year. That would be impressive! I’ll be praying for success in your pitches.

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  7. Christina Banks September 5, 2014

    Thank you for hosting this mix&mingle. I am looking forward to meeting you at the conference.

    Reply
  8. Sara September 5, 2014

    Thanks for this Laurie! Look forward to meeting you! Congrats on being a Genesis Finalist and for winning last year!

    Reply
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  10. Renee-Ann September 5, 2014

    What a great idea! Can’t wait to meet all of you! I do have a blog but things have been so crazy busy recently, I haven’t been there! So I’ll post my Q&As here.

    Name: Renee-Ann Giggie

    Location: Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

    What you write/tagline: Fiction Suspense

    Place in the book world: Self-published my first novel (Stella’s Plea) and working with an editor on the rewrites for a second (Emma’s Prayer). Might pitch this one at ACFW.

    On a scale of hugger to 10-foot-pole, please rate your personal space: I’m French. French people are huggers! I’m no exception!

    The unique talking point that will get you going for hours: Writing and translation. I’m starting a ‘novel translation’ business, English to French and vice versa.

    People at home you’ll be missing: My husband, Ernest. My kids are grown and no longer at home. I miss them regardless where I am.

    Conference goals we can pray for? I’m petrified to pitch. I need not only the right words but the courage to say them. And also for God to use me to reach the lost for the cause of Christ through my stories.

    Up for any contests/awards? Entered two short story contests earlier in the year. They’ll announce the winner of one of them this month sometimes.

    Any disclosures, disclaimers, or crucial information we must know? Like Suzy, I have met such incredible people/writers on my writing journey. I look forward to meeting even more when attending ACFW in 20 days! But who’s counting!

    Blessings everyone! Renee-Ann

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  15. Karen Barnett September 9, 2014

    I’m a little late to the party, but I’m sending my link! Can’t wait to meet everyone. 😀

    Reply
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  17. Brandy Heineman September 10, 2014

    What a great idea, Laurie! I don’t believe we met last year, so we’ll have to fix that this time! 🙂

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  20. Kariss Lynch September 13, 2014

    Thanks for starting this! I can’t wait!

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  22. Liz Johnson September 14, 2014

    What a great idea, Laurie! I just added my blog post to your list, and I’m enjoying reading the other author’s posts. Thanks for hosting! Can’t wait to see you in St. Louis. 🙂

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  23. Anne September 15, 2014

    http://coffeecupsandcamisoles.blogspot.com Here’s a shot at the mix and mingle. Hope you can click the links ok. Can’t wait to see everyone!

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  25. Kristena Tunstall September 15, 2014

    Laurie, I know I’m late to the party, but I”m glad I saw this on the new attendees loop. I just posted my link and I’m excited to be apart of this this year. 🙂

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